Revenue sites can now be registered

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Those who had built houses on "revenue sites" in Bangalore Urban district, in the CMC areas now brought under Greater Bangalore may get their titles regularised.

Following a direction from the District Registrar and approval from the Government, the sub-registrars can now register all old revenue sites coming under Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and those in panchayats coming under the sub-registrar offices.

There was anxiety among owners of such properties who had built houses without sanctioned building plans or khata certificates. But, the owners will have to make a one-time-payment towards betterment charges, with three years retrospective effect. The amount due for properties of different sizes will be notified shortly.

According to sources in the Government, no such house will be demolished and after the initial payment, they will be taxed on a regular basis. This rule is likely to be applied to vacant revenue sites too, they said. As far as constructions so far made go, they are expected to conform to the bylaws of respective CMCs under the town planning rules as farmed by Bangalore Development Authority.

Ever since the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike notification was issued, owners of revenue sites, even those with clear titles and sale documents have been worried since many of them had no khatas.

They feared eviction and demolition under the new dispensation. According to estimates made by revenue officials, there may be close to one lakh such properties, mostly coming under the CMCs of Bommanahalli, Byatarayanapura, Dasarahalli, Maharadevapura, K.R.Puram, Rajarajeswari Nagar and Yelahanka. Many are also located in Kengeri. Bommanahalli alone may have 20,000 houses built without approval on revenue sites, some officials claim.

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